Dr Trudi Ryan

Words for Change

I work with people and organisations changing conversations across climate change, natural resource management, nature conservation, education, philanthropy, community connectedness, advocacy and more.

I help my clients to understand and apply the science of human communication to social and environmental change initiatives.


My approach draws on research from the cognitive, neuropsychological, ecological and social sciences.


I have worked in the socio-environmental sector for over three decades and bring experience gained across research, education and communication to each new project.


Please be in touch if you’re seeking a new approach to communication that applies the science of communication to communication. 


Trudi Ryan, brief CV


  • Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) (Environmental Management) Deakin University.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ecology) Deakin University. 

  • Graduate Diploma (Marketing Communication) University of Canberra. 

  • Graduate Certificate (Neurobiology of Human Behaviour) University of New England.

  • Graduate Certificate of Arts (Linguistics) University of New England. (In progress)


  • Winner: National Environmental Communication & Engagement Award 2020 - Beechworth Festival of Change (Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainability Awards)

  • Winner: Victorian Community Action and Leadership Award 2019 (Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainability Awards).

Previous employment (key roles)

  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow. CSIRO Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research

  • National R&D Communication Officer. Land & Water Australia

  • Lecturer and Practical Tutor in Environmental Science. Deakin University.

  • Victorian government agencies: various roles in environmental research, education, interpretation, community engagement and ecological assessment.

Recent professional development

  • The neurobiology of trauma. National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine. 

  • Working with the traumatised brain. National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine.

  • Dare to Lead (Brene Brown Education Research Group/Of Kin)

  • Slide design, Slide docs, Persuasive presentations (Duarte, US)

  • The science of what makes people care (University of Florida, US)

  • Certified Values Coach Training (Discover your Values Network, US)

  • Words that Work Messaging Masterclass with Anat Shenker-Osorio (Centre for Australian Progress)

  • Journalism for Social Change (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Environmental Communication: Research to Practice (International Environmental Communication Association)

  • Digital Storytelling (Digital Storytellers)

Professional memberships​​

  • International Environmental Communication Association

  • Institute of Professional Editors (Australia)


  • Certified Values Coach (Discover your Values Network, US).

  • Accredited Editor (Institute of Professional Editors, Australia).

In 2019, I co-ordinated the Beechworth Festival of Change with Paul Ryan (Australian Resilience Centre). The Festival was a four-day event attended by over 300 change-makers. The Festival featured 32 events all designed to build skills, build networks and spark ideas to create positive social and environmental change. 

Beechworth Festival of Change, wrap video

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